Matthew's Profile

Matthew advises employers and benefits professionals across the country in matters related to employee benefits and executive compensation. He has experience representing employers in defense of audits, investigations, and proceedings by government agencies (IRS and DOL) with respect to benefits and compensation matters.

Matthew’s practice includes advising clients with respect to all types of executive compensation programs and employee benefit plans, including qualified and nonqualified retirement, deferred compensation, profit sharing, 401(k), defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. He also advises clients with respect to compliance issues under HIPAA, ERISA, COBRA, and the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform), as well as requirements under the Internal Revenue Code. He works with clients to identify and correct plan defects and compliance failures in tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans through IRS and DOL voluntary correction programs.

Matthew has been recognized by several organizations and industry publications for his work as an employee benefits attorney, including Alabama Super Lawyers and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Labor & Employment practice groups in Maynard Cooper’s Birmingham office.

Matthew's Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2021)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Employee Benefits (2016-Present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Employee Benefits (2015)

Matthew's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • The University of Alabama Human Resources Management Conference Advisory Committee
  • Alabama Plan Sponsor Council, Board Member
Civic Involvement
  • Junior Executive Board of the American Cancer Society
  • Birmingham Ducks Unlimited Board
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, Alumni Advisor

Matthew's Speaking Engagements

  • April 24-25, 2018: “Tax Reform and Resulting Developments Under Employee Benefits Law” for Colonial Life's Broker Summit, Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama, Florida

  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (2010, J.D., magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review; Order of the Coif; Hugo Black Scholar; Chicago Title Insurance Company Award; Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, Treasurer; Student Bar Association Senator)

  • University of Alabama
    • (2007, B.S., cum laude; Health Care Management)

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


In a previous client alert, we discussed several provisions under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) that provide relief to “qualified individuals” with regard to “coronavirus-related distributions” (“CRDs”) and loans from their retirement plan accounts. Specifically, one such provision allows qualified individuals participating in specified...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Maynard Cooper Shareholders Matt Stiles, Matthew Cannova, and David Kinman presented a webinar to members of the True Network Advisors titled “COVID-19: Employment Law Implications & Response Strategies.” During the webinar, they discussed Coronavirus considerations for employers, provisions covered in the FFCRA, and SBA financing provisions in the CARES Act...

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